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Lot 1001

$425
Title: Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska
Author: Rockwell Kent
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
Printing Year: 1920 First Edition, First State with signed letter

Condition/Details: Bound in cloth with gilt debossing on spine and front board, this antique volume provides an exquisite view into life in Alaska including an introduction by Dorothy Canfield. This rare book offers the admirable additional feature of including a typed letter with original, penned signature from Rockwell Kent on his personal letterhead and in original envelope. The book features block prints and drawings by the author.

Rockwell Kent (June 21, 1882 - March 13, 1971) was an American painter, printmaker, illustrator, and writer, whose works represented scenes of nature and adventure with such vividness and drama that he became one of the most popular U.S. artists of the first half of the 20th century. His early works, mostly moody landscapes and seascapes, are highly stylized with dramatic tonal contrasts, as seen in The Road Roller. In the course of a varied career he worked as an architectural draftsman, as a lobsterman and carpenter on the coast of Maine, and as a ship’s carpenter. He explored the waters about Tierra del Fuego in a small boat and lived in Newfoundland, Alaska, and Greenland, drawing heavily upon these experiences for his paintings and travel books. (Courtesy of Wikipedia and Britannica Online Encyclopedia)

In 1918-19 Kent and his nine-year-old son ventured to the American frontier of Alaska. Wilderness (1920), the first of Kent's several adventure memoirs, is an edited and illustrated compilation of his letters home. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages, there are no inscriptions or marginalia, a period book catalog entry is tipped-in after the front endpaper. The book measures approximately 8" x 11.25" and contains 217 pages.
Lot 1002

$600
Title: Relativity: The Special and General Theory
Author: Albert Einstein, Ph.D.
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Printing Year: 1920 First U.S. Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in navy cloth with bright gilt debossing on the front board, this antique volume is a scarce first edition of Albert Einstein's landmark work. The work includes a frontispiece illustration of Einstein.

Relativity: The Special and General Theory is an introduction to Einstein’s space-bending, time-stretching theory of Relativity, first published in December 1916. Special and General relativity explain the structure of space time and provide a theory of gravitation, respectively. Einstein’s theories shocked the world with their counterintuitive results, including the dissolution of absolute time. In this book, he brings a simplified form of his profound understanding of the subject to the layperson. In the words of Einstein: "The present book is intended, as far as possible, to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics." The book is challenging at times but, when approached patiently, proves itself one of the most lucid explanations of Relativity to be found anywhere. (Courtesy of Wikisource)

The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book includes two period news articles on Einstein glued into rear endpieces and an illustration of Einstein glued to the inside of the front board. Former owner's signature is on the front free endpaper and stamp is on the copyright page. The book measures approximately 5.5" x 8.5" and contains 168 pages.
Lot 1003

$90
Title: Aesop's Fables: Retold, Illustrated with Woodcuts, and Printed by Elfriede
Publisher: Elfriede Abbe (Ithaca, New York)
Printing Year: 1950 Limited Edition Signed and Inscribed by Elfriede Abbe

Condition/Details: Bound in brown and black decorated boards with black cloth spine, this folio volume is a scarce inscribed limited edition of an early work of Cornell-educated Vermont artist Elfriede Abbe (b. 1919). The work of this sculptor, printer and printmaker has received numerous awards. Among these are Gold Medals from New York’s Pen and Brush and National Arts Club, A Tiffany Fellowship, Roy Arthur Hunt Foundation grant, the Barrett-Colea Prize from the National Sculpture Society and the Elliot Liskin Award of the Salmagundi Club. She is also represented in important public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Watson Library and the Rosenwald Collection of the National Gallery and the Library of Congress. She has been doing sculpture and printmaking in her Vermont studio since 1974.

This is copy number 13 of 500. Author's inscription on half title page reads "I often whistle when I / work, and the tune the press / was turned to was often the 'March / of the Finland Riders.'"

The work is illustrated with many woodcut illustrations, including title page with tree, snake, owl and rabbit design, five full-page illustrations, and numerous smaller ones showing animals, figures and details from the fables. This well-preserved volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean, rough-cut pages. pictorial (woodcut) title page, signed limitation page, and interior pages are clean and white. The book measures approximately 9" x 13" and contains 70 pages.
Lot 1004

$60
This auction lot includes the following group of titles with an autographed letter from Havelock Ellis:

- Hand Written Signed Letter by Havelock Ellis - Dated 15 Nov. 1916 - Written to "Mr. Berkowitz" thanking him for a sympathy letter regarding the death of Ellis' wife Edith Lees Ellis. Ellis states that he is preparing her final two books,James Hinton: A Sketch and A New Horizon, for publication. The letter is written on addressed stationary and includes the original mailing envelope complete with World War I censorship seal. Framed with clipped Havelock Ellis' obituary from Publishers Weekly on the back.
- Little Essays of Love and Virtue by Havelock Ellis - Dated 1922 by George H. Doran - First edition, original dustjacket, gilt lettering.
- The Philosophy of Conflict by Havelock Ellis - Dated 1919 by Houghton Mifflin - Gilt lettering.
- The Dance of Life by Havelock Ellis - Dated 1923 by Constable - First edition, original dustjacket with minor taping, gilt lettering, pages unevenly cut.

Henry Havelock Ellis (February 2, 1859 - July 8, 1939) was a British sexologist, physician, and social reformer. In November 1891 Ellis married the English writer and proponent of women's rights, Edith Lees. Their marriage was unconventional as Lees was openly lesbian, and their "open marriage" was the central subject in Ellis's autobiography,My Life. His book Sexual Inversion, co-authored with John Addington Symonds, was the first English medical text book on homosexuality, something that Ellis did not consider to be a disease, immoral, or a crime. Although the term homosexual itself is attributed to Ellis, he wrote in 1897, "'homosexual' is a barbarously hybrid word, and I claim no responsibility for it," the hybridity in question being the word's mix of Greek and Latin roots. Other psychologically important concepts developed by Ellis include autoerotism and narcissism, both of which were later taken up by Sigmund Freud. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The books in this lot are in very good condition with light age/wear indications.
Lot 1005

$90
Title: A Complete History of the Great Rebellion (Salesman's Sample)
Author: Elliot G. Storke
Publisher: Auburn Publishing
Printing Year: 1863

Condition/Details: Bound in black cloth with decorative gilt boards and marbled page edges. This antique volume is a scarce salesman's sample copy (or salesman's "dummy") in exceptionally good condition, detailing events leading up to and during the first years of American Civil War. The work maintains many illustrations and multiple fold-out maps in remarkable condition, plus the original intact folded advertising broadside which was intended to be posted to promote sale of the book. The fold-outs and broadside are particularly impressive to be found in this near pristine-condition as they are printed on sheer paper. The volume shows some external age/wear with discoloration to the boards it is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 6.25" x 9.25" and contains 631 pages, plus 26 pages of illustrations in the back.
Lot 1006

$3500
Title: To the Lighthouse
Author: Virginia Woolf
Publisher: Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press
Printing Year: 1927 First Edition in Dustjacket designed by Vanessa Bell

Condition/Details: Bound in blue cloth with striking original dustjacket, this antique volume is a scarce copy of one of Woolf's early, important works. This is one of three rare Virginia Woolf books we are offering during this auction - also see lots 9210 and 9404.

Adeline Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941) was an English novelist, essayist, diarist, epistler, publisher, feminist, and writer of short stories, regarded as one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs. Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928), and the book-length essay A Room of One's Own (1929), with its famous dictum, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." (courtesy of Wikipedia)

To the Lighthouse (May 5, 1927) is a landmark novel of high modernism. The text, centering on the Ramsay family and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 and 1920, skillfully manipulates temporality and psychological exploration. To the Lighthouse follows and extends the tradition of modernist novelists like Marcel Proust and James Joyce, where the plot is secondary to philosophical introspection, and the prose can be winding and hard to follow. The novel includes little dialogue and almost no action; most of it is written as thoughts and observations. The novel recalls the power of childhood emotions and highlights the impermanence of adult relationships. Among the book's many tropes and themes are those of loss, subjectivity, and the problem of perception. In 1998, the Modern Library named To the Lighthouse No. 15 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2005, the novel was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the one hundred best English-language novels from 1923 to present. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The book is in exceptional condition, it shows very light external age/wear with bright cloth and gilt spine lettering. The dustjacket shows well with some edge wear/chipping and soiling concentrated at the extremities, and the book is solidly bound with clean, bright pages with no inscriptions or marginalia. The book measures approximately 5.5" x 7.5" and contains 320 pages.
Lot 1007

$80
Title: The Romance of Perfume
Author: Richard Le Gallienne
Publisher: Richard Hudnut
Printing Year: 1928 First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in illustrated paper-covered boards, this antique volume is a scarce original edition of this brief history of perfume illustrated with color drawings by George Barbier. The work is illustrated with eight bright color plates. This remarkably well-preserved elegant volume shows very light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Laid in to a pocket at the rear is a 12-page advertising booklet, "At 20 Rue de la Paix," bound by a white satin ribbon an illustrated with four color plates descriptive of Richard Hudnut's Parfumerie in Paris. Volume is in glassine cover and slipcase. The book measures approximately 7" x 10 1/4" and contains 46 pages.
Lot 1008

$175
Title: Before the Old Gringo Came
Author: Gertrude Atherton
Publisher: J. Selwin Tait & Sons
Printing Year: 1894 Author-Signed First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in blue cloth with bright gilt lettering and embossed pictorial designs, this antique volume is a scarce autographed original edition of this work by California writer Gertrude Atherton (October 30, 1857 – June 14, 1948). This her most famous collection of short stories commemorating life during the California period before the discovery of gold and statehood, was re-published under the title, "The Splendid Idle Forties" (1902).

Author's inscription on front endpaper reads: " Mr. A. A. Hill / with compliments of / Gertrude Atherton / New York - November 2nd 94." The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with lightly age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" and contains 306 pages.
Lot 1009

$130
Title: Hearts of Three
Author: Jack London
Publisher: Macmillan Company
Printing Year: 1920 First American Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in red cloth with bright gilt lettering to spine, this antique volume is a scarce edition of the last full-length novel by Jack London (January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916). This work is actually a novelization by Jack London of a movie script by Charles Goddard. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 5 1/2" x 7 3/4" and contains 373 pages.
Lot 1010

$100
This lot includes the antique illustrated Japanese volume shown in the corresponding image(s). Entitled "Kuni nao," this string-bound book brings together a large number of humorous color illustrations of poems and proverbs. This work dates to about 1835. Original wrappers show age/wear, and lightly age-toned pages are clean. Final page of text shows tears and is partially pasted to endpaper; otherwise text block is solidly bound and in very good condition. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction.
Lot 1012

$80
Title: Standard's History of Bridgeport Connecticut
Author: George Curtis Waldo
Publisher: Standard Association
Printing Year: 1897

Condition/Details: Bound in brown cloth with bright gilt stamping and page edges, this antique volume is a scarce description of the history of Bridgeport, Conn., its institutions and growth from small beginnings. The work is illustrated with many photographs and drawings of the prominent citizens, buildings and sites of the city. The volume shows light external age/wear with some splitting in the cloth along the spine, and is solidly bound with clean pages. The first and last page bear the pressed seal of a historical society. The book measures approximately 9.5" x 11.75" and contains 203 pages.
Lot 1013

$450
Antique Oak Bookcase
Condition/Details: Beautiful antique oak bookcase with brass fittings, two glass fronted doors, and five adjustable shelves. This unit is in excellent condition, with some age wear indications. The unit measures approximately 39.25" wide by 11.75" deep by 74.5" tall. PLEASE NOTE: Shipping is not available for this lot but it can be picked up at our gallery in Ithaca, New York.
Lot 1014

$60
Title: A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, with Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Publisher: A. J. Matsell
Printing Year: 1833

Condition/Details: Bound in quarter leather with marbled boards, this antique volume is a rare early edition of this work by Mary Wollstonecraft (April 27, 1759 – September 10, 1797), an eighteenth-century British writer, philosopher, and feminist and mother of Frankenstein author Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Wollstonecraft is best known for this work (originally published in 1792), in which she argues that women are not naturally inferior to men, but appear to be only because they lack education. She suggests that both men and women should be treated as rational beings and imagines a social order founded on reason. This edition contains a biographical sketch of the author.

The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with mildly age-toned pages. Preliminary, title and initial pages of text, along with final pages, show marginal staining. Name of previous owner discretely stamped on front flyleaf and reverse side of title page. The book measures approximately 4 3/4" x 7 1/2" and contains 214 pages.
Lot 1015

$120
This auction lot includes the following group of antique titles on World history:

- Pictorial Portfolio of the World - Dated 1922 by The New York Times Co. - Oversized, bound in red cloth with three quarter leather and gilt lettering on front board and spine. Marbled page edges. Some water markings.
- Manners and Monuments of Prehistoric Peoples by The Marquis de Nadaillac- Dated 1892 by G. P. Putnam's Sons - Bound in brown cloth with gilt on spine and front board. Includes former owner's signature.
- The Swastika: The Earliest Known Symbol, and Its Migrations. With Observations on the Migration of Certain Industries in Prehistoric Times by Thomas Wilson- Dated 1894 - Tipped in, period clippings inside front board.
- Turkey: A Past and a Future by A. J. Toynbee - Dated 1907 by George H. Doran Company - In wrappers.
- The Great War Syndicate by Frank R. Stockt- Dated 1889 by P. F. Collier - In wrappers. Includes former bookseller's sticker.
- The Craftsmen by Caleb D'Anvers- Dated 1731 - Bound in leather. Front board is loose.

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
Lot 1016

$10
Title: Civilization in the United States: An Inquiry by Thirty Americans
Editor: Harold E. Stearns
Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company
Printing Year: 1922 First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in blindstamped blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine, this antique volume is a scarce collection of essays on American culture that includes original contributions by H. L. Mencken, Van Wyck Brooks, Deems Taylor, Conrad Aiken, George Jean Nathan, etc. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Intact dust jacket shows tears at top left-hand corner of rear cover and at bottom edge of front cover. The book measures approximately 6 1/4" x 9" and contains 577 pages.
Lot 1017

$25
This large shelf lot includes the group of antique and vintage literature shown in the corresponding image(s). Due to the high volume of books we are selling at this auction, we will be offering a number of bulk buy opportunities such as this one during the course of the day. To inspect and acquire more detailed information about this lot, please attend our live preview before the auction. As with all the books in our shelf lots, these are generally in good condition with some age/wear indications; older books are more likely to have advanced flaws.
Lot 1018

$120
Title: Life and Campaigns of General Robert E. Lee
Author: James D. McCabe, Jr.
Publisher: National Publishing Company (Atlanta)
Printing Year: 1866 First Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in half leather with marbled boards and gilt lettering to spine, this antique volume is a scarce original edition of an early military history of the U.S. Civil War and biography of Robert Edward Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870), a career United States Army officer, a combat engineer, and among the most celebrated generals in American history. A top graduate of West Point, Lee distinguished himself as an exceptional soldier in the U.S. Army for 32 years, capturing abolitionist John Brown among his many accomplishments. He is best known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War.

The work is illustrated with a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait and (fold-out) maps. This exceptionally well-preserved volume shows light external age/wear, with rubbing to boards. The book is solidly bound with clean pages, marbled endpapers and edges. It measures approximately 6" x 8 3/4" and contains 717 pages.
Lot 1021

$90
This auction lot includes the following group of vintage and modern titles related to Winston Churchill:

- London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Spencer Churchill - Dated 1900 by Longmans, Green, and Co. (London) - Decorative gilt embossing, includes color fold-out map. Spine cover shows light cracking, slight molding to rear board.
- London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Spencer Churchill - Dated 1900 by Longmans, Green, and Co. - Decorative gilt embossing, includes color fold-out map. Boards cracking, spine cover split vertically down the middle.
- Mr. Brodrick's Army, and Other Early Speeches - Dated 1974 by Library of Imperial History - Volume VII of The Collected Works of Sir Winston Churchill: Centenary Limited Edition. Gilt embossing, gilt-edged pages.
- Churchill's War: The Struggle for Power by David Irving - Dated 1987 by Veritas Publishing Company Pty. Ltd. (Bullsbrook) - Dustjacket. Stated first printing, first Australian edition.
- Churchill's War: Triumph in Adversity by David Irving - Dated 2001 by Focal Point Publications (London) - Signed, in dustjacket.

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
Lot 1022

$60
Title: The Fine Bamboo Fly Rod: A Master's Secrets of Restoration and Repair
Author: Stuart Kirkfield
Publisher: Stackpole Books (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)
Printing Year: 1986 First Printing

Condition/Details: Bound in leatherlike dark brown and cream-colored boards with gilt lettering, this volume is a scarce original edition of this early publication on bamboo rod building, the first and only devoted to restoration and repair. The work is illustrated with step-by-step sequential photographs help a great deal of those critical steps in repair. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Original dust jacket is intact and in mylar cover. Top left-hand corner of front cover has small closed tear with tape. The book measures approximately 7 1/2" x 9 1/2" and contains 191 pages.
Lot 1023

$140
Title: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Publisher: A. Wessels Company
Printing Year: 1901 Limited Edition

Condition/Details: Bound in green cloth with embossed white lettering and decorative designs to front cover, this antique volume is a rare early American edition of this classic work by Abraham "Bram" Stoker (November 8, 1847 – April 20, 1912), an Irish novelist and short story writer. This novel, originally published in 1897 by Archibald Constable and Co., was revised by Stoker in 1901 to improve pace. Subsequent reprints used the 1897 version.

The volume shows light external age/wear, with fading to lettering. The book is solidly bound with clean pages. The book measures approximately 5" x 7 1/4" and contains 378 pages.
Lot 1024

$60
Title: The Land Beyond the Forest: Facts, Figures and Fancies from Transylvania
Author: E. Gerard
Publisher: Harper & Brothers
Printing Year: 1888 First Edition

Condition/Details: This antique volume is a very rare original edition of this important work by Jane Emily Gerard (May 7, 1849, Scotland – January 11, 1905), a nineteenth century author best known precisely for the influence her collections of Transylvanian folklore had on Bram Stoker's "Dracula." She is sometimes referred to as Emily Gerard, Mrs. de Laszowska, Emily Laszowska, Emily Gerard, or Emily de Laszowska Gerard, after her husband, Chevalier Miecislas de Laszowski, an Austro-Hungarian cavalry officer. Her familiarity with Transylvanian folklore came about as a result of his stationing in the town of Hermannstadt (now known by its Romanian name of Sibiu) which is now located in the Romanian province of Transylvania, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire before 1918.

The work contains in-text illustrations, plates and a map of the region. The volume is disbound, with shaken binding and loose pages. Text block appears to be complete (includes a chapter on vampires and werewolves). The book measures approximately 6 1/4" x 8 1/2" and contains 403 pages.
Lot 1025

$30
This auction lot includes the following group of antique titles on philosophy and social commentary:

- Socio-Economic Mythes and Mythe-Makers by Yours Truly - Dated 1896 by Arena Publishing Company - In wrappers with inscription to the former owner.
- Progress and Poverty: An Inquiry Into the Cause of Industrial Depressions by Henry George - Dated 1881 by D. Appleton and Company - In wrappers. Spine is taped.
- Moses: The Crime of Poverty by Henry George - Dated 1918 by The International Joseph Fels Commission
- Marx versus Tolstoy: A Debate by Clarence S. Darrow and Arthur M. Lewis - Dated 1911 by Charles H. Kerr & Company - Former owner's signature.
- Capital: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production by Karl Marx - Dated 1909 by William Glaisher, Limited

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
Lot 1028

$35
Title: The Insurrection in Paris Related by an Englishman: An Eyewitness of That Frightful War and of the Terrible Evils Which Accompanied It
Publisher: A. Lemoigne, Editor (Paris)
Printing Year: 1871

Condition/Details: Bound in original wrappers, this antique volume is a scarce eyewitness account of the of the suppression of the Paris Commune, a working class government that briefly ruled Paris from March 18 (more formally, from March 28) to May 28, 1871. First date entry is May 1st, the last June 15th.

The volume shows external age/wear, with taping to spine. Front cover is detached. Pages are clean and without annotations. The book measures approximately 5 1/4" x 7 3/4" and contains 178 pages plus 2 pages of advertisements.
Lot 1029

$35
This auction lot includes the following group of antique theological titles:

- Sermons or Important Subjects of Doctrine and Duty by Rev. D. C. Lansing- Dated 1825 by Richard Oliphant - Inscription to former owner. Spine shows significant wear.
- Sermons, Addresses and Letters by Rev. Isaac Stockton Keith - Dated 1816 by S. Etheridge, Jr.
- The Beauty of Holiness by Thomas Bisse - Dated 1814 by R. P. and C. Williams
- Sacred Poems by N. P. Willis- Dated 1850 by Clark, Austin & Co. - Miniature book, with gilt page edges.
- The Private Meditations and Prayers of the Right Rev. Thomas Wilson - Dated 1870 by D. Appleton and Company - Miniature book, with gilt page edges. Former owner's signature.

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
Lot 1030

$45
Title: The Tribune: A Periodical Publication, Consisting Chiefly of the Political Lectures of J. Thelwall, Taken in Short-Hand by W. Ramsey, and Revised by the Lecturer
Publisher: D. I. Eaton (London)
Printing Year: 1795 Two Volumes Bound as One

Condition/Details: Bound in leather, this antique volume is a scarce edition of the writings of John Thelwall (July 27, 1764 – February 17, 1834), a radical British orator, writer, and elocutionist. From 1795 to 1796, he published "The Tribune," a periodical that mostly consisted of his own political lectures. He helped form the London Corresponding Society in 1792. In 1794, he was tried for treason along with fellow radicals John Horne Tooke and Thomas Hardy, although all three men were acquitted. Government officials who considered him to be the most dangerous man in Britain continued to hound him even after his acquittal. Many of his plays and other works were consequently banned.

The volume has detached boards. Text block is intact with lightly age-toned pages. The book measures approximately 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and contains 340 / 344 pages.
Lot 1033

$120
Title: La Symphonie Pastorale
Author: André Gide
Publisher: Nouvelle Revue Francaise
Printing Year: 1919

Condition/Details: Bound in original wrappers with red and black lettering, this antique French volume is a scarce edition of one of Gide's most painfully introspective works, and is in exceptional condition. The book is noted as an original, limited edition, number 777 of 800.

André Paul Guillaume Gide (November 22, 1869 – February 19, 1951) was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947. Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars. Known for his fiction as well as his autobiographical works, Gide exposes to public view the conflict and eventual reconciliation between the two sides of his personality, split apart by a straight-laced education and a narrow social moralism. Gide's work can be seen as an investigation of freedom and empowerment in the face of moralistic and puritan constraints, and gravitates around his continuous effort to achieve intellectual honesty. His self-exploratory texts reflect his search of how to be fully oneself, even to the point of owning one's sexual nature, without at the same time betraying one's values. His political activity is informed by the same ethos, as suggested by his repudiation of communism after his 1936 voyage to the USSR. (courtesy of Wikipedia)

La Symnphonie Pastoral is a novel by Gide in the form of a pastor's diary, recording his efforts to educate a blind girl he has rescued from destitution and introduced into his family. He progressively neglects his wife and children, distorting moral and religious precepts to justify a growing love he is unable fully to acknowledge. According to Gide, La Symphonie Pastorale was written to liquidate a debt contracted toward himself long since. All of his books up to 1919 had been conceived before his thirtieth year, and thus none of them reflected his most recent state of mind. This short novel completed payment of the debt, and he was quite willing to acknowledge the pains it had cost him to return to an outworn manner. He admitted that his correspondent was right in assuming he had written the book with distaste, "that all the time I was writing it I fretted against the 'petit point' work which the nature of the problem demanded; against these half-tones, these nuances ...." (courtesy of answers.com and the Online Center for Gidian Studies)

The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound. The pages are clean, with deckled edges. The book has slight water markings on the top corner. The book measures approximately 4.25" x 6.5" and contains 145 pages.
Lot 1034

$120
This auction lot includes the following group of titles:

- The Rover by Joseph Conrad - Dated 1923 by T. Fisher Unwin - First edition, first state, original dustjacket, gilt lettering, crisp clean pages.
- 1601 by Mark Twain - Dated 1935 by Swan - Pirated edition in original gray wrappers covered by orange boards
- The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence - Dated 1916 by B. W. Huebsch - First American edition
- The Terror by Arthur Machen - Dated 1917 by Duckworth - First edition
- Mary Magdalen by Edgar Saltus - Dated 1891 by Belford - Original wrappers, taped spine

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
Lot 1036

$15
Title: Luser, the Watchmaker: An Episode of the Polish Revolution
Author: Rev. Adolf Moses
Publisher: Bloch & Co., Publishers (Cincinnati)
Printing Year: c1900

Condition/Details: Bound in original wrappers, this antique volume is a rare edition of a novel by Adolph Moses (1840-1902), a religious reformer, rabbi, author, activist, who in 1859, joined Garibaldi's nationalist forces in Italy and fought in Polish uprising against Russia in 1863. Advocate of reformed Judaism. Moses wrote two novels in Europe: Luser, the Watchmaker and The Cholera Bride.

Text appears in double columns. Binding is shaken, with loose pages. Edges of front cover show minor chipping. The book measures approximately 6 1/4" x 9 1/2" and contains 125 pages.
Lot 1037

$30
This auction lot includes the following group of antique titles on Connecticut theology and history obtained from a historical society library:

- A Discourse: Historical of West Haven of the Congregational Church by Rev. E. Colton - Dated 1859 by Thomas H. Pease - Rebound, with original wrappers inside of the boards.
- Manual of the First Congregational Church in West Haven, Conn. - Dated 1895 by The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Press - Rebound, with original wrappers inside of the boards.
- A Sermon, Delivered in Christ Church, West Haven by Rev. A. B. Chapin - Dated 1839 by Hitchcock & Stafford - Rebound, with original wrappers inside of the boards.
- Memorial of the Centennial Celebration of the Congregational Church - Dated 1898 by Press of the Waterbury Printing Company - Rebound, with original wrappers inside of the boards.
- Tercentenary Commission of the State of Connecticut - Dated 1933 by Yale University Press - Original wrappers secured in pamphlet binder. Spine shows wear.

Unless otherwise noted, the books in this lot are in good, intact condition with some age/wear indications.
Lot 1038

$55
Title: Secrets in the Sand: The Archaeology of Cape Cod
Authors: Fred Dunford & Greg O'Brien
Publisher: Parnassus Imprints (Hyannis, Massachusetts)
Printing Year: 1997 Stated First Edition Signed by Both Authors

Condition/Details: Bound in light brown cloth with bright gilt lettering to spine, this volume is a scarce autographed original edition of this the first detailed work on Cape Cod's earliest settlers and the methodologies of present-day archaeologists to uncover their secrets. The authors' signatures appear on the title page. This book was written in cooperation with the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, Massachusetts. The work is illustrated with many photographs and maps. The volume shows light external age/wear, and is solidly bound with clean pages. Intact dust jacket is in mylar cover. The book measures approximately 7 1/2" x 10 1/4" and contains 173 pages.
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